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No matter what test you’re preparing for, the first step in any successful prep program is understanding the rules of the game. Or, as a wise man once said, “Know your enemy.”

Fortunately, we’ve been doing this for a while now, so we know a few things—almost 40 years’ worth of things, in fact. So if you have questions about the test, from scoring to accommodations to fundamental strategies, you can find the answers here. And if you don’t see the information you’re looking for, let us know at [email protected] and we’ll fill in the gap just as soon as we can.

Standardized Tests & Test Prep

An Overview of the GRE and GRE Prep

What is the GRE used for? How is it structured? And how should I prepare for it? Of all the graduate-level exams, the GRE is the most widely used and therefore often the one about which students have the most questions. In this post, we'll provide a GRE overview of the most important information for prospective test-takers.
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Public Or Private? The Right Way To Choose An NYC High School

While the notion of private school may conjure up images of elite, ivy-covered buildings and polished students in uniforms, the truth is there’s a lot of variety among New York City area private schools. To help you decide on the best choice for your family, there are some generalities to consider when comparing private versus public schools.
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Standardized Tests & Test Prep

How Do I Determine If I Should Take the ACT or the SAT?

One of the first questions from frantic parents of rising high school juniors is, “should my child take the SAT or the ACT?” It’s a question that tends to cause both students AND parents lots of stress and worry. Standardized testing is a complicated part of the already-complicated college admissions process.
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ISEE

Balancing Content and Strategy in Your SSAT/ISEE Prep

One of the most important things you can do in standardized test prep is learn the key strategies. Knowing all the material that can show up isn’t enough to get a perfect score; skills like pacing yourself optimally and using the multiple-choice format to your advantage are also essential. Read on for more.
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Admissions

SSAT/ISEE Prep and the Admissions Process: A 2021-2022 Overview

For many families, the independent, private, and boarding school admissions process can be intimidating—and that’s probably an understatement. Not only does each individual school have its own set of admissions policies and procedures, but many also include a requirement to submit either ISEE or SSAT scores. We're here to give you an introduction to these tests and the prep process.
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ISEE

Constructing Your Ideal 2021-2022 ISEE Testing Schedule

There’s nothing quite like the ISEE testing calendar, and honestly, that’s probably for the best. Until fairly recently, students could only take the ISEE once per school year, but fortunately, this is no longer the case! Read on for tips about optimizing your ISEE testing schedule.
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SSAT

Crafting the Optimal 2021-2022 SSAT Testing Schedule

Constructing an ideal testing schedule for the SSAT is far more straightforward than doing likewise for the ISEE, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Even just trying to navigate the SSAT’s website can feel like an adventure unto itself. Fortunately, your friendly neighborhood test experts are here with some helpful tips on optimizing your SSAT testing schedule.
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